That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. (1 John 1:1-2)~~ At Christmas, we focus on the birth of Christ – the beginning of His “human” presence on Earth. But unlike every other human birth that has ever happened, the birth of Jesus was not the beginning of a new life. Rather, He who was there at The Beginning “appeared”. And this appearance was not a dream or vision or apparition. The appearance was an extended visitation, a flood of revelation, all lived in a real life. “The life appeared.” It was heard; it was seen; it was touched. Bethlehem was not the beginning of the life of Christ, and that’s why His life can change our lives. Jesus said: Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). What was new at Bethlehem was the way God reached out to the human race. Whereas in the past God spoke through the words of prophets, a new God-speech began at Bethlehem. God “has” spoken to us by his Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word (Heb. 1:2-3). So Christmas is about the Good beginning, and it is about the rescue of the now. A new contact with the human race by the One who has been there all along. Merry Christmas and God Bless You!